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Smallworld: A Science Fiction Adventure Comedy: Space Opera on Mount Ararat (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Dominic Green
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    "A showcase for Green's bone-dry satire and deadpan humour ... Green's agile imagination constantly wrong-foots the reader. A delight."
    -Peter Ingham, The Telegraph

    "The work of a talented writer having lots of very smart fun"
    -- S F Winser,

    Smallworld is like nothing you've ever read before... truly innovative space opera from Hugo-nominated Brit SF writer Dominic Green.

    Mount Ararat isn't your average extrasolar agrarian colony. A world the size of an asteroid yet having Earth-standard gravity, Mount Ararat plays host to a strangely confident family whose children are protected by the Devil, a mechanical killing machine, from such passers-by as Mr von Trapp (an escapee from a penal colony), the Made (manufactured humans being hunted by the State), and the super-rich clients of a gravitational health spa established at Mount Ararat's South Pole. But it soon transpires that the Devil is harbouring an ancient and deadly secret.

    Enjoyed Smallworld? Its sequel Littlestar hugely expands on the universe established in the first book, with a story arc that follows troopers Beguiled-of-the-Serpent and Only-Begotten as they become embroiled in the second star-spanning war against the Made.

    Find out more about the Smallworld and Littlestar universe in our 3D publisher room at:


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    4.0 von 5 Sternen pure misanthropy 22. Dezember 2012
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verifizierter Kauf
    A very post-everything kind of text. And it recalls something that had been said about Kurt Vonnegut novels: It constantly goes off at an right angle to all expected directions. There even seems to be an overarching story towards which there are some hints at the very last pages. Still, not everything fits together, but there is a sequel and maybe things will fall in place. Anyhow, highly entertaining.

    What is hard to digest however is the deeply misanthropic undercurrent. All personage is either mistreated, abused and enslaved and accepts this as the expedient status quo or is sadistic or monolithicly evil, most commonly all at once. This seems to be the only message and idea of the author which he wants to convey. The constant repetition of "man is evil" evokes in the reader the desire to learn the WHY or HOW TO BETTER. This the author does not offer and thus (and in spite of some good laughs) one feels somewhat empty when the last page is turned.
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    5.0 von 5 Sternen Wonderful, funny, and strange. 26. Januar 2014
    Von FanSciCri
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verifizierter Kauf
    I read a lot of SciFi and fantasy for more years than I like to count, and Smallworld was one of the few books that really gave me the feeling to read something new and inventive.

    I was a bit irritated by the episodal structure at first, but once you accept that fact and read on you will find the book intruiging, strange and full of excitement and humour. It is somehow weird, but in a very good way. And hey, if you read scifi, and are not a pure technology buff, you want weird and fantastic, don't you? This book was free, but I will definitely spend money for its sequel, even though the story leaves this cute, life-threatening "planet".
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    1.0 von 5 Sternen Not funny at all 12. Februar 2015
    Von SciFi-Fan
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verifizierter Kauf
    I don't understand the good and very good critics of this book.
    It wasn't funny at all! If you laugh about names like "Reborn in Jesus" or "Little-Pitch-Not-Thy-Tent-Towards-Sodom", it may be a book for you. Ok, it was free, but it was one of the few books were I regeretted spending time on it.

    The context is REALLY nice: Neutron-core asteroid, AI robots, pirates, tax collectors. But that doesn't help.
    I have to admit English is not my main language.
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    Good story; interesting, messed-up world. Definitely worth an afternoon's reading.

    Bought the sequel and look forward to reading it over Xmas.
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    4.0 von 5 Sternen An odd book with a character all of its own. 21. Juni 2011
    Von Amazon Customer - Veröffentlicht auf
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    I really didn't know quite what to think at first and wasn't sure if I was going to make it through, or if I had just bought another piece of cheaply constructed low rent sci-fi housing with walls thin enough to hear the neighbors arguing. By the third chapter I was intrigued and had to read on to find out what happens to this strange colony of isolated agrarians with fanatically religious names like "Reborn-in-Jesus" (last name) and "Beguiled-by-the-Serpent" (first name). What's interesting and really gives this book momentum is that each chapter is episodic. There is an overall development of the story that transgresses nicely throughout the book, but each chapter is a short story unto its own. It sort of reads like a twisted Little House on the Prairie in space. The tiny planetoid on which the stories take place is well described without being overly verbose. It really put me in a weird atmosphere which is why I read these kind of books to begin with. I recomend this book if you enjoy unusual Science-fiction and are tired of the trite schlock or heavy-handed epics with which the genre is so inundated.
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    4.0 von 5 Sternen Weird and wonderful 5. Januar 2011
    Von ajbraithwaite - Veröffentlicht auf
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    Hard to describe this book, but it's a good read. In a future where time has been decimalised, a small colony on a tiny moonlet copes with an interesting range of potential threats, several of them homicidal. Some of the details are wonderful - the genetically modified McChickens, which "tasted unaccountably of dill pickle", made me laugh.
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    5.0 von 5 Sternen Not Small in Reading Enjoyment 23. August 2011
    Von Julie D. - Veröffentlicht auf
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    This collection of short stories that all are actually pieces of one larger story is indescribably amazing. Funny in a way that sounds corn-pone if I try to describe it, these stories are also gripping and will keep me up reading until I finish each one so I can see if the problem is solved, the danger averted. I can't describe it better than the actual product description on Amazon. Probably the nearest comparison I can come up with is to Suzette Elgin's Ozark trilogy (begins with the book Twelve Fair Kingdoms) where the down-home, seemingly ignorant folk are not as stupid as they seem and the world they inhabit is increasingly fabulous to discover.

    The best tribute I can give is to say that I picked this up free to try on the Kindle and will be purchasing the paperback for my library as well as giving it as gifts. Don't miss this one.
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    5.0 von 5 Sternen Once you catch on, it's a fun ride... 9. Oktober 2011
    Von Aarika - Veröffentlicht auf
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    This book just jumps right into the action, and as other reviewers have said, it's really a collection of short stories about the family of main characters. But if you read the whole thing there's a really great overall plot to it as well. Yes, the names are kind of funky, but it adds to the overall charm of the book. It's kind of hard to review without giving away the plot... so just give it a chance.

    It reminds me of Douglas Adams's "Hitchhiker's Guide" in that some of the ideas are really far out there. So much so, that you can't help but chuckle at the author's creativity. But the tone of the book makes me think more of John Scalzi's "The Android's Dream" or "Old Man's War" series. It's written a little tongue-in-cheek; "snarky" is the word that comes to mind. I even found myself laughing out loud a few times. As I am a big fan of both authors, this book fit right into my favorites and I really enjoyed it. I probably will re-read it, now that I know what to expect. It's clearly not meant to be taken seriously but is very entertaining and well written.

    Plus, you can't beat the price (I picked it up as a freebie) for such a well thought-out story. I will be looking forward to other books by this author.
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    4.0 von 5 Sternen Green puts the fun back in Kindle freebies... and fundamentalism 10. Februar 2012
    Von Verity3 - Veröffentlicht auf
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    If Douglas Adams had ever befriended a family of "religious fanatics," he might have been inspired to write a book like this. It follows the adventures of the Reborn-in-Jesus family, which farms a small satellite inexplicably near its ringed giant mother planet. Well, actually, its nearness is explicable, and that's why an assortment of baddies periodically invade the turf of this quirky family that's just trying to eke out a living as best they can.

    If you don't mind a little good-natured fun poked at fundamentalism, you might enjoy seeing how these characters deal with whatever comes their way, proving themselves reasonable and perceptive individuals... despite some interesting theological blind spots.
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